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A Call For Logic: Politicians vs. Video Games. Does Gaming Violence Affect the Real World?

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Author: Michael Revis  

Gun control is no doubt a hot topic within today's political mindset, and we're barely two months into 2013. After the Sandy Hook shooting that shocked the country last year, some people are now calling for tighter restrictions on guns, particularly ways to prevent assault rifles from being obtained by civilians. Other people are saying that we need stronger mental health solutions, and better ways to determine if someone really does have a crucial screw loose to prevent them from harming anyone.

However, many politicians and so-called researchers seem to be bent on ignoring the main issue, instead looking for other things to blame. Much like how Marilyn Manson and metal music was blamed for the Columbine shooting way back in 1999, video games have now found themselves under the scapegoating target reticule of those in the government and parents that just don't know how to raise their own children.

Politicians vs.Video Games. Does Gaming Violence Affect the Real World?

Already, politicians have been voicing their opinions on the issue, despite President Obama's decision that research would be done to determine the link between violent media and real world violence. The majority of these politicians are Republicans, such as Rep. Diane Franklin of Missouri, who proposed a sales tax on "violent video games", when in reality it was pretty much any game with an ESRB rating of T or higher, even if they didn't have any traces of strong violence. Democrats, however, have also shown similar levels of ignorance, such as California senator Leland Yee, who said in an article that, "Gamers have got to just quiet down. Gamers have no credibility in this argument. This is all about their lust for violence and the industry's lust for money. This is a billion-dollar industry. This is about their self-interest." Yee is also the person who presented an anti-violent video game law back in 2005, which the Supreme Court would later deem unconstitutional, granting video games the first amendment rights that they enjoy today.

Still, there are others that don't really belong to either side but are still insistent on spouting the most ridiculous things to ever come out of a human being's mouth. This includes politicians such as repeated presidential election nominee Ralph Nader, who made a comment about video games fairly recently, calling people in the industry “electronic child molesters.” How the hell does that even make sense? Does he think video games have built-in shadowy, electronic limbs that reach out and grope children that play them or something?

Politicians vs.Video Games. Does Gaming Violence Affect the Real World?

Whichever example you want to look at, it seems pretty clear that politicians are just doing what they normally do: finding ways to watch their own asses, and find something else to place blame on instead of thinking rationally about things. If George Carlin was still alive today, he likely wouldn't hesitate to call every one of them out on their bullshit.

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Posted on: 02/25/2013 | ? Comments
Tags: politics, violence, violent video games, games, shooters, Sandy Hook, Call of Duty, COD, Grand Theft Auto, Street Fighter, Gears of War, GOW, FPS, editorial, politica, violencia, videojuegos, polemica
Michael Revis

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